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Hi Colleague,

These are the energy market articles, data and reports that caught our attention over the last week and are likely to be of interest to you as well.

See You Next Week,

Mercatus Energy Advisors

This Week on the Blog

Can Activity in Crude Oil Options Provide Insight into Crude Oil Price Trends?

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Hedging & Risk Management

Are Oil & Gas Companies Still Hedging?

Crude Oil

Are Options Skews Reliable Price Indicators?

Is the Next Crude Oil Bottleneck at the Gulf Coast?

Breakeven Oil Prices Underscoring Lower 48’s Impact on Market

Venezuelan crude oil production falls to lowest level since January 2003

Russia’s Dirty Oil Crisis Is Worse Than Almost Anyone Predicted

Saudi Arabia waits for higher spot prices before raising oil exports

Natural Gas & LNG

As Second-Wave U.S. LNG Projects Near FID, Customer Contracts More Difficult to Secure

Flexible US LNG contracts driving global spot market growth

Natural gas supplies to Pemex, other state entities to be prioritized

Refined Products, Alternative Fuels & Freight

Shipowners see increase in IMO-compliant fuels, but doubts persist

Vitol plans Malaysian refinery to meet IMO demand

Low-sulphur fuel oil swap premium hit five-year high

Natural Gas Liquids

The International Factors Influencing U.S. Propane Exports

LPG carrier freight market braces for disruption as IMO 2020 nears

Power, Coal, Weather, Carbon & Renewables

Oregon Cap-and-Trade Proposal Spurs Debate Among Gas, Power Interests 


US forecasters predict 'near-normal' Atlantic hurricane season with two-four major storms

Mississippi Floodway May Be Opened for Third Time in History